On the positive there is nowhere to go but up for Roma after their disastrous International Champions Cup opening loss against Tottenham Hotspur. On the negative there are serious doubts as to whether Roma can seriously recover and mount a legitimate challenge the rest of the way in the ICC.
Barcelona had a much more promising opener against the same opponent as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur on penalties after a highly entertaining match that ended in a draw. The comparative results have a lot of fans and punters thinking that Roma will be overwhelmed in their match with Barcelona on Tuesday at AT&T Stadium in the heart of Texas.
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2018 International Champions Cup Barcelona vs. Roma
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 10 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
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Barcelona vs. Roma TV Coverage: ESPN
AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is best known as the palatial home of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys. The 80,000-seat venue has hosted a multitude of huge events including a Super Bowl, NBA All Star Weekend, College Football classics, bowls, and a national championship, along with well supported Soccer matches.
Barcelona Serves Notice
In their International Champions Cup opener against Tottenham Hotspur Barcelona opened a 2-0 first half lead with goals by Munir El Haddadi and Arthur. However, they were not able to hold off the determined Spurs who scored at the 73 and 75-minute marks to tie the match. However, Barcelona prevailed with a 5-3 penalty session to secure the win. Tottenham Hotspur is one of the most talented and high tempo teams in the ICC and the victory is worthy of praise and respect.
Compared to Barcelona AS Roma had a terrible start to their International Champions Cup schedule with a 4-1 loss to that same Tottenham Hotspur team that Barcelona defeated. What was most disappointing to Roma fans and punters was that Tottenham Hotspur got the win despite fielding a mostly second-string team. Roma was a semifinalist in the most recent UEFA Champions League and was expected to show better.
What to Know and Expect from Barcelona
Barcelona is a marquee franchise that is among the most successful and glamorous in all of Europe. They have won the Champions League three times in the past decade and have been dominant in all forms of competition. Their success is matched by the incredible support of fans that consistently fill their 98,000-seat stadium. There will be the element of revenge in this matchup as Roma upset Barcelona in the most recent Champions League competition. Barcelona won the most recent La Liga titles and has won the league nine times since 2004-05. Their last Champions League Title was in 2015. Tactically few teams are as well renowned for possession football than Barcelona.
What to Know and Expect from AS Roma
Roma is a three-time champion of Italy’s Serie A three times and was celebrated for its upset of powerhouse Barcelona in the most recent Champions League. What is most impressive about this recent Roma edition is that they were supposed to be in a year of transition after selling off Mohamed Salah but instead new manager Eusebio Di Francesco got them qualified for an unexpected appearance in the Champions League. Tactically Roma likes to focus on possession and proficient passing.
Barcelona vs. Roma Free Picks
One of the great aspects of the International Champions Cup is that you will get dream matchups of top teams from different leagues. Add the revenge element to this match and you have one worth watching. Look for Barcelona to get the win as the comparative results of these two teams against Tottenham must be taken into account.
Barcelona vs. Roma Pick: Bet the money line on Barcelona
Barcelona vs. Roma Score Prediction: Barcelona 2, Roma 0
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